Asian Heritage Month
Asian Heritage Month

Honouring Asian Heritage Month

Each May, we celebrate Asian Heritage Month and the work of University of Alberta faculty, researchers, and instructors as well as students who are demonstrating leadership in creating a world that is more equitable and inclusive — that uplifts the whole community, in all of its diversity.

Officially recognized following the efforts of Senator Vivienne Poy, the month serves as a time to collectively recognize the contributions and diverse stories of all those Canadians who can trace their roots back to East Asia, Southern Asia, Western, Central and Southeast Asia. It’s a time to listen, engage, and learn.

As we strive to further build cultural awareness and appreciation, we invite you to join in the celebration and explore the diversity of Asian experiences by checking out the university's collections, stories, histories, and resources.

Hold These Truths

The University of Alberta and the Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA) present Hold These Truths, the true story of one person’s struggle against racism and injustice that inspired change across North America.

Jeanne Sakata’s award-winning play is based on the life of U of A sociologist Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi, who as a young man bravely resisted the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. A digital viewing option of Hold These Truths will be available until midnight Tuesday, May 31. Watch online »

Hirabayashi Online Anti-Racism Panel and Dialogue

May 25 | 7 p.m.

To continue the conversation and celebration of Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi, please join us for a panel and discussion on Hirabayashi's significance for the present day and what can be done to strengthen inclusion and address racism.

Register now »


Asian Heritage at U of A's Botanical Garden

Visit the U of A’s Botanical Garden and you will see a beautiful manifestation and celebration of those ties in the Aga Khan Garden’s traditional Islamic Garden design, as well as the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, named after Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto, who in 1930 became the U of A’s first graduate of Japanese descent.

Featured Event

A Celebration of Asian Heritage at the University of Alberta

Wednesday, May 19
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. MST

The Association of Chinese Canadian Professors (ACCP) & Engage India: Association of Professors (EIAP) in collaboration with University of Alberta International, will jointly host an event to celebrate the many achievements of our campus community members of Asian heritage and to promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity by expressing solidarity against anti-Asian racism. This event is open to interested students, faculty, staff, and the public.


Featured Stories

Maricor Arlos

Watershed moment


Ascending marginalized stories to new heights


Bridgerton and why Asian representation in media matters


Peonies bloom in the imperial garden


Ferocity and the Five Poisons: Symbolism on Qing Dynasty Children’s Clothing


Asian Heritage Month | Virtual Book Display


Saris have a unique place in India


What Does Heritage Mean to You?


Asian Heritage Month | Starting Points for Exploring Various National Cinemas


Lion, Lantern, Lotus: Chinese and Buddhist Symbols in the Mactaggart Art Collection

This exhibition explores the combination of Buddhism and Chinese symbols on a Buddhist textile from China, highlighting the rich Chinese-Buddhist visual culture and textiles found in the 17th century.

See exhibit

East Asian Studies Department

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese, Korean and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As one of the leading university departments in Canada devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.